Main Event: Free Garden Tour

  • As always, the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour is free!
  • 10:00–5:00 on Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Please DO NOT visit these gardens on Saturday, May 3, as the hosts will be busy preparing for the big event on the following day. The free tour takes place ONLY on Sunday, May 4, 2014.)
  • This is a self-guided tour of 40 fabulous private gardens that provide habitat for wildlife, are pesticide-free, conserve water, and contain 60% or more native plants.
  • After registering, you will receive a garden guide in the mail; register early to receive your guide by mid-April.  The guide contains more than enough tickets for two people, as most people see 4 to 6 gardens.  (Twenty tickets are located on the last page of the guide). Every adult (age 16 and older) must provide a ticket at the greeting table before entering a garden. You may register a maximum of 4 people using one garden guide. If your group is larger than 4, please fill out another registration form.
  • Registration is required in order to receive a garden guide, which contains garden addresses, maps and directions. The Tour is expected to fill, so register early to avoid being disappointed.
  • Native plants will be sold at nine locations on the day of the Tour. A  number of native plant nurseries will be open from 10 – 5 on the week-end of the tour. See the Native Plant Sale Extravaganza, or the matrix at the back of the garden guide, for details.
  • More than 40 free talks will be given throughout the day. The garden guide contains the schedule.
  • To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, a Music in the Gardens component has been added this year.  Check the garden guide for the schedule.  (The musicians are all volunteers; please remember to thank them!)
  • Preview the 2014 gardens to see photos, view extensive garden descriptions, and download plant lists.
  • Handicapped-accessible gardens can be found by looking at the last column in the “Gardens at a Glance” matrix at the back of the Tour Guide, or by looking for the “Access” symbol on each garden description page.
  • Volunteers are needed!  Both Greeters (who don’t need to know anything about native plants) and Garden Assistants (who do need to be knowledgeable about natives). Learn more